The Teachers’ Lounge (12A) |Close-Up Film Review

Dir: Ilker Catak, Germany 2023, 99mins

Cast: Leone Benesch, Leo Stettnisch, 

Review by Carlie Newman 

Mesmerising from start to finish the film is completely absorbing making one wonder what is going to happen next. One scenario presents to be followed by a reversal a few scenes later.

The drama centres on a new teacher, Carla Nowak (Leonie Benesch) in a secondary school in Germany. She suspects that the accusation of a number of thefts against a boy in her classified is  racially motivated (he is Turkish) She sets out to find evidence to show that he is innocent and she finds that a fellow member of staff is responsible for thieving.

However, when the accused  member of staff protests her innocence, the other staff members believe Carla to be in the wrong because Carla videotaped the incident in the Teachers Lounge.

The teacher who has been accused is the single mother of Oscar (Leo Stettnisch) a child in Carla’s class.

Expertly directed by Ilket Catakl with very realistic performances by the whole cast,  it’s a thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seats whilst you ponder justice, truth and racism.